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Envoy Presents Credentials in Zaire

Israel’s Ambassador to Zaire, Michae, Michael, presented his credentials today to President Sese Seko Mobutu. Zaire is the first African country to have resumed diplomatic relations with Israel after the Yom Kippur War.

Michael handed Mobutu a personal message from Premier Menachem Begin. And Begin promised Mobutu to exert his influence with the Americans for United States political and economic aid to Zaire.

In the message delivered by the Ambassador, Begin briefed Mobutu on his talks in Washington, with President Reagan and with members of the Congressional subcommittee dealing with African countries. In those talks Begin explained the importance of supporting Mobutu’s regime. There has been Congressional opposition to aid to Zaire.